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The 12 scams of Christmas

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December 5th, 2013

The 12 scams of Christmas
McAfee has released its “12 Scams of Christmas” list, warning shoppers of this season’s biggest threats

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday under our belts, the 2013 holiday shopping season is officially in gear. It’s the time of year for finding great gift bargains, helping people in your community, traveling to visit family and friends, and more. Cyber criminals also love the holidays, and they’re poised with an arsenal of attacks, ready to spoil your holiday cheer.

You’re probably familiar with the song The Twelve Days of Christmas. That’s the song where the person ends up with 12 partridges in 12 pear trees by the time all is said and done, along with some random collection of maids-a-milking, lords-a-leaping, and drummers drumming, among other things. Well, McAfee compiled its own security-themed version called The 12 Scams of Christmas.

Here is a quick rundown of the 12 scams:

  • Not-So-Merry Mobile Apps
  • Holiday Mobile SMS Scams
  • Hot Holiday Gift Scams
  • Seasonal Travel Scams
  • Dangerous E-Seasons Greetings
  • Deceptive Online Games
  • Shipping Notifications Shams
  • Bogus Gift Cards
  • Holiday SMiShing
  • Romance Scams
  • Phony E-Tailers

Most of the scams listed by McAfee are not unique to the holidays per se. There are fake shipping notifications, malicious apps, shady deals, and phishing attacks on any given day. What makes the holidays unique is that there are so many more legitimate emails, text messages, deals, and bargains, and people are so aggressively looking for holiday-related deals, so the opportunity for cyber criminals is exponentially greater.

You can visit the McAfee 12 Scams of Christmas page for more detailed description of each of the scams. All 12 are relevant threats, but the ones that seem to stand out as the biggest risk are those related to great deals on hot gift items, awesome holiday travel bargains, gift card scams, and fake or spoofed holiday charities.

During the holidays, it’s more important than ever to use security best practices, and exercise a healthy dose of common sense. As a rule, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. No matter how much you wish it were true, retailers like Best Buy and Walmart are not in the habit of just randomly handing out free gift cards worth hundreds of dollars for the holidays, and you aren’t going to find roundtrip airfare to Europe for $100. Of course, there are a number of legitimate bargains to be found, and that’s what complicates things this time of year.

There are three things IT admins should do to guard company networks and data against these holiday cyber scams. First, double-check your password and security policies to make sure they’re adequate. Second, make sure all platforms and applications are patched, and that your antimalware and other security software are up to date. Most attacks rely on exploiting known vulnerabilities, so this one step can help you identify and block many threats.

Finally, the most important step—make sure users are aware of the increased threat. Remind users to be suspicious by default, and practice safe shopping. Only visit credible, reputable websites, and don’t open email attachments or click on links from unknown sources.

With some common sense and basic security practices, you can avoid most threats, and enjoy the holiday season without becoming a victim of the 12 Scams of Christmas.


 

 

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Trend’s Deep Security as a Service offers cloud-based server protection

Trend Micro today announced a slate of cloud-based security services that it says protect servers for Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers.

Trend Micro Deep Security as a Service is offered as a variety of security modules that can be activated by AWS customers, according to Kevin Simzer, Trend Micro’s senior vice president of business development, alliances and strategy. These Deep Security services for AWS servers include data encryption, firewall, malicious software detection and blocking, file-integrity monitoring, and compliance controls that can be managed through a cloud-based console hosted by AWS.

The idea is that customers using AWS can add these Trend Micro services to their Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and Amazon Virtual Private Cloud deployments by simply turning them on when a new AWS instance is created, Simzer says. Trend Micro is also charging for activation of the security services to suit the on-demand environment through a simple per server per hour rate, which starts at 10 cents per hour per module.

Trend Micro is able to provide the activation of the Deep Security as a Service through a close partnership with AWS. Other security providers that have similar security-activation arrangements with AWS include BitDefender, McAfee and Symantec.

Whichever Trend Micro service is activated in the AWS setup can also be tracked and recorded via any Trend Micro management platform that exists in the user’s on-premises enterprise as well, Simzer notes. More than 100 Trend Micro customers are said to be early adopters of these new services.


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